Three Hidden Gems Lighting Up Our World

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Yulia Fomina

Great fashion doesn’t need an occasion, that’s why we’ve rounded up the chicest spots where you can dress up to your heart’s content – from where we’re currently eating and drinking to where we’re staying. We’ve hand-selected three of our favourite under the radar gems in Cape Town that you will adore, from Chef Cheyne’s latest establishment, Himitsu which literally translates to Secret in Japanese to an oh-so-apt speakeasy that’s accessible by password only. 


EAT: Himitsu

Tucked away at the Camps Bay Retreat, the latest venture by Cheyne Morrisby is a celebration of modern Asian cuisine in an idyllic setting. A small plates menu designed to tantalise your palette and meant to be shared with your nearest and dearest means that you can expect the food to pack a flavour punch, while still lending itself to a convivial atmosphere. Book out the private dining area and host a decadent intimate birthday celebration. 

Japanese cocktail lounge Himitsu opens early-to-mid October - Atlanta  Magazine

SIP: The Art of Duplicity

In an homage to the 1920’s prohibition era, this trendy bar is unmarked and in fact so secret that you only get clues for the password once you have made your booking. Named as one of the top 100 bars in the world, it is an experience that speaks for itself. We won’t give away too much but expect glamour, crafted cocktails and a certain je ne sais quois that is totally worth dressing up for. 

The Art of Duplicity named cocktail bar of the year

STAY: Dorp Hotel

Established by Gail Behr, the stunning hotelier who originally founded The Grand in Plett (and all-around phenomenal woman) Dorp is perched atop the hill of Bo-Kaap. A gorgeous yet unassuming exterior hides a beautifully crafted city escape. The down to earth cuisine, made well, is a reminder that it doesn’t have to be all about foams and tuiles to be considered great food. The luxurious yet cosy rooms truly make you feel at home. Grab your closest gals for a relaxed staycation that will have you feeling like you’ve left Cape Town altogether – trust us when we say you’ll want to keep this your secret spot. 

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